to deserve it. As I intend to remain in the service, always, promotion is very important to me, to give me rank after the war is over, and a sufficient support for my family." ALS, USG 3. On April 23, USG endorsed a letter in which Foster reported himself ready for duty. "Respy. returned to the Secretary of War. Gen'l Foster is a good officer, but I do not believe his health would permit him to perform active service in the field at present—Further all command to which his rank could entitle him are filled and the officers now on duty could not be displaced without detriment to the Spring Campaign. I would therefore recommend that General Foster be assigned to the first Department in the North that may become vacant." Copy, DLC-USG, V, 58.
Head-Quarters, Mil. Div. of the Miss.
Chattanooga Jan. 24th 1864.
MAJ. GEN. J. A. LOGAN,
COMD. G 15TH A. C.
General Sherman is collecting a force at Vicksburg with which to move Eastward. That force he expected to have assembled by this day, the 24th, and will move as soon as possible, say by the 28th or 30th. It will be necessary for Gen. Thomas and yourself to keep up a threatened advance on Rome with the view of retaining on this front as large a force of the enemy as possible. Gen. Thomas has his directions. You will push the work on your pontoon bridge with all dispatch. Collect such force as can be spared from the rail‐ road, leaving that perfectly guarded however, and cross the river. From there use any Cavalry, y or Mounted Infantry, you may have in reconnoitering to the front, collecting information, a knowledge of the roads &c. —It is not expected to move forward at this time, but the movements of the enemy might change this. By a free interchange of information obtained by Gen. Thomas and yourself, and each reporting what you learn to me, an advance can be ordered if it should prove necessary. Should Gen. Thomas inform you at any time that he is going to make a reconnoisance to the front, and